In his address at the 2nd Ministerial Review Conference of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development (GDAVD) held recently in Switzerland, Philippine Permanent Representative Evan P. Garcia outlined the Philippines’ peace and development initiatives.
Garcia noted that the Philippine government and civil society engagement in human rights, humanitarian, peace building and disarmament activities are important and recognized contributions to the global armed violence and development discourse.
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Undersecretary Ma. Cleofe Sandoval, meanwhile, discussed the challenges and lessons learned from the Philippine peace process during the high-level panel of the conference.
Sandoval emphasized that the Philippine government has a holistic approach to achieving peace, eschewing “all out war” and including economic opportunity and job creation elements in its policies.
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